January 31, 2013.The Musical Olympus Foundation project ‘Music as a universal language of mankind’ became the best in the nomination ‘Culture’ of the International Silver Archer Award (USA).
The prestigious award in the sphere of international public relations is a competent recognition of the Foundation relevant activity that will contribute to a successful implementation of the Musical Olympus projects in the future.
The award ceremony of the second Silver Archer contest (USA) ‘Communication in a global world’ was held on January 30 at the National press club in Washington, USA. The expert council of the Award named best 2012 projects that contribute to the development of international cultural, economic and social relations and Russia’s integration into the global communication area.
As a result of a vote by independent jury the winner in the nomination ‘Culture’ became the Musical Olympus Foundation project aimed to establish intercultural dialogue by means of music, strengthen the partnership culture at a global level, support young gifted artists all around the world and create conditions for their professional representation.
The expert council of the Award highly praised humanitarian significance of the project and its potential, as well as a comprehensive approach and scope of the Foundation activity. The project ‘Music as a universal language of mankind’ includes the arrangement of the annual International Musical Olympus Festival and a Charitable Ball in St. Petersburg, as well as performances by the festival participants at the world best venues. The project history counts over 350 young artists from 37 countries having participated in its events.
The Musical Olympus Festival next gala-concert will be held on March 3, 2013 at Carnegie Hall (New York). The audience will enjoy a varied program of works by Kurt Schwitters, Frederick Chopin, Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin, Samuel Barber, Giacomo Puccini, Charles Gounod, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Sergei Rachmaninov, Viktor Kosenko performed by participants of the Musical Olympus Festival - winners of major international music contests.
‘I believe that music is the most effective way to overcome political, linguistic and cultural barriers,’ says the Foundation president Irina Nikitina. ‘The Musical Olympus cares that young artists have a chance to show their skills in different countries on all continents, the example of which are annual concerts of the Festival participants at Carnegie Hall in New York. We are happy that our work was highly appraised and got a prestigious award.’
The Musical Olympus Foundation was established in St. Petersburg in 1995.
The main projects of the Foundation:
– the Annual International Musical Olympus festival (since 1996),
– the International Charitable Ball (since 1999),
– the Concert program (since 2000) within the frameworks of which the Foundation has introduced such stars as Roberto Alagna, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea, Yo-Yo Ma, Anne-Sophi Mutter, Anna Netrebko and Rollando Villazon, Paata Burchuladze, Maurizio Pollini, Alfred Brendel, Andras Schiff and many others, and arranged tours of the NHK Symphony Orchestra (under the baton of Charles Dutoit), the Orchestre National de France conducted by Kurt Masur, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, and in 2009 – the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra tour (founder and conductor – Daniel Barenboim). Many of the musicians had their debut performances in Russia: Diana Krall, Bobby McFerrin. Jacques Loussier Trio were earlier familiar to the audience only by records. The Foundation also arranges performances for rising stars that have conquered the western audience but still not well-known in Russia, such as Roberto Fonseca, Liz Wright, Concha Buika and Cheikh Lo. In November, 2013, the Musical Olympus brings to Russia the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Christian Thielemann. Four orchestra concerts in Moscow will include all the Beethoven symphonies.
Under the auspices of the ‘Dialogue of Civilizations’ World Public Forum the concerts of the Musical Olympus International Festival are annually presented in New York (Carnegie Hall), Berlin (Berlin Philharmonie), Zurich (Tonhalle). The geography of the Festival is annually broadening. In January, 2011, the first concert of the Festival was held at the Esplanade Concert Hall in Singapore. In 2012 the first presentation concerts were held in France and Azerbaijan.
The Foundation also pays much attention to educational and charitable activities, including workshops by guest artists for students. In 2012, the Musical Olympus festival concerts took place at the Children's Hospice, the Kresty detention center and the House of Veterans.